PPG division move means 500 more jobs in Cranberry

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The pending move of a division headquarters for PPG Industries to Cranberry means more than just 500 more good-paying jobs in the township, generating thousands of additional dollars in earned income taxes.

It's a symbol of the township's continuing attractiveness within the international corporate community, says Cranberry's top administrator.

"This just validates and confirms that Cranberry Woods is a world-class business park and Cranberry continues to attract the best and the brightest," said manager Jerry Andree.

PPG Industries announced last week that it would locate a new headquarters for its North American architectural paints business in the Cranberry Woods office park along Route 228, setting up shop where Westinghouse has its corporate campus.

The move will combine close to 200 employees who work Downtown or in McCandless for the paints division with about 300 workers who will relocate from facilities in Ohio, Kentucky and Delaware.

Those coming from out of state previously worked for Dutch-based paints maker AkzoNobel, which was acquired this year by PPG. The new jobs will mostly be in administrative and marketing areas. The relocation is to take place over the next 12 to 18 months, according to statements from PPG.

The new neighbor at Cranberry Woods will boost the total number of employees at that office park to about 8,000, Mr. Andree said. There's space for another 2,000 or so, and he anticipates that the facility will reach total occupancy.

"It's a very desirable place to be," he commented.

Cranberry benefits from the earned income taxes paid by people working within the township. But, he said the positive impact is on the region as a whole. "The people who will relocate will be living throughout the region, spending their money throughout the region," he said.

Over the years, Cranberry has evolved from a rural, agricultural community to a bedroom community of Pittsburgh to an employment hub. With about 18,500 people working within the township, there are about as many commuting from Cranberry to other destinations. "We've become our own hub center. We're not a bedroom community [to Pittsburgh.]. There's a balance and that's more sustainable," Mr. Andree said.

Top employers in the township are Mine Safety Appliances, Alcoa and Westinghouse.

Mr. Andree said most of the jobs involve benefits and family-sustaining wages. "This has been our vision, and our vision continues to come to fruition," he said.

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Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or 724-772-9180.


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